Do away with clemency under POCSO Act, says President

SIROHI (RAJASTHAN): As entire India is outraged at multiple incidents of rape and henious crime against against women, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said there should be no provision of mercy pleas for rapists of children.

Do away with clemency under POCSO Act, says President

President Ram Nath Kovind in Mount Abu on Friday. PTI

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Sirohi (Rajasthan), December 6

As entire India is outraged at multiple incidents of rape and henious crime against against women, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said there should be no provision of mercy pleas for rapists of children. In his address at an event here on Friday, Kovind said: “Rape convicts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act should not be allowed mercy petition.” 

Calling women’s safety a “serious issue”, he said: “Parliament should review mercy petitions.” In fact, the President called for an amendment to the Constitution with regards to mercy petitions. “I recommended that there should be an amendment to the Constitution with regards to mercy petition. In my opinion, people convicted under the POCSO Act should not be allowed to come under the ambit of mercy petition.” An emotional Kovind went on to add: “There should be no mercy for rapists. These kind of incidents shocked the whole nation.” 

However, he added: “I am sure you share my sentiments but the final decision on this constitutional amendment lies with Parliament.” — IANS

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